WI vs SL – Visa-related issues delay Dasun Shanaka’s departure for the Caribbean
Sri Lanka’s new T20I captain is perhaps compelled to overlook at the very least part of the sequence towards West Indies
A delay in processing his transit visa to the US of America has meant that Sri Lanka’s new T20I captain Dasun Shanaka was unable to depart for the Caribbean with the rest of the squad on Monday.
Shanaka did have a correct US transit visa – legitimate for 5 years – on a earlier passport. However as he had misplaced the passport containing that visa two years in the past, visa officers for the US have instructed him they need to do extra checks, that means they weren’t in a position to greenlight the visa for this tour in time for him to make the flight.
“I might misplaced that passport two years in the past, so I feel they should examine whether or not anybody has used that misplaced passport and visa to journey within the time since,” Shanaka instructed ESPNcricinfo. “And there was additionally a delay in my submitting my visa software this time, as a result of the group needed to isolate after Thiri aiya (Lahiru Thirimanne) examined optimistic for Covid-19. I missed my preliminary appointment and needed to take a later appointment.”
Though the wording of a Sri Lanka Cricket launch suggests Shanaka didn’t make the flight as a result of he had misplaced his passport not too long ago, Shanaka himself prompt the delay was largely unavoidable. In any case, it’s hoped that he receives his US visa over the subsequent few days, and will probably fly out to the West Indies as early as Friday.
Nevertheless, even when he arrives in Antigua – the place Sri Lanka play their T20I sequence – forward of March 3, when the primary recreation is scheduled, it’s not clear if he will likely be obtainable to play, as he might want to bear quarantine.
Shanaka was named Sri Lanka’s T20I captain on Monday, with a view to him main the aspect within the T20 World Cup later this yr. However it’s now attainable he’ll miss a part of his first task because the everlasting chief [he had been stand-in captain for one previous series].
Andrew Fidel Fernando is ESPNcricinfo’s Sri Lanka correspondent. @afidelf
Source:: New paper 24 – Sports